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RECORDING LINE-UP ;
Vocals - Ciaran O'Hagan (Mindscape)
Drums/Bodhran - Den Ferran (Runecaster)
Bass - Michael Proctor
Guitar/Whistle - Dermot O'Hagan
Keyboards[Session] - Clive Culbertson
Recorded at 'No Sweat Productions', Coleraine, Feb/Mar 1996.
Produced by Clive Culbertson and WAYLANDER.
Artwork by Michael Keating.
WAYLANDER was formed in 1993 by brothers Cíaran and Dermot O'Hagan. The initial idea was to play Metal in the 80s-style, but by total coincidence, the first song that was written had a distinctive Celtic sound to it, this becoming WAYLANDER 's trademark-sound for the future! This first song, 'Born to the Fight', is to this day the most requested song by fans at WAYLANDER 's gigs. Many members were auditioned over the coming months before the first steady line-up of Cíaran O'Hagan (vocals), Dermot O'Hagan (guitars), Den Ferran (drums) and Jason Barriskill (bass)recorded the debut demo, 'Once Upon an Era' in late 1994. This demo received excellent reviews throughout the worldwide Metal underground scene and this, along with the many live-shows played throughout Ireland, established WAYLANDER as one of the front-runners of the expanding Irish Metal scene.
In late 1995, it became clear that Jason didn't have the same commitment as the rest of the band, so he was removed and within a few minutes was replaced on bass by Michael Proctor. It was with this line-up that "Dawning of a New Age", the second demo, was recorded and released in early 1996. The sound on this demo had greatly evolved, helped by the use of the Irish traditional-instrument the tin-whistle and it was obvious that WAYLANDER had created something totally original in a scene which had been overflowed with run-of-the-mill Black Metal and Death Metal bands.
Shortly after the release of 'Dawning of a New Age', WAYLANDER realised that a full-time tin-whistle player was needed to progress any further, and at around the same time they met up with Máirtín Mac Cormaic at one of their gigs, a new friendship was formed and a new chapter in the life of WAYLANDER was written. Over the next 2 years, WAYLANDER played many gigs throughout Ireland, Scotland and England, and by this stage they had built up a fairly impressive fan-base, including Century Media Records who decided to sign the band.
In January 1998, WAYLANDER travelled to Germany to record their debut-album with renowned producer Andy Classen (ROTTING CHRIST, ASPHYX, etc.) at his Stage One Studios. 'Reawakening Pride Once Lost' received excellent reactions and reviews worldwide, and led to WAYLANDER being top of the playlists on many international radio shows for some time. The CD contained 11 tracks, ranging from full-throttle Metal to mellow Irish traditional music to something inbetween, and included WAYLANDER 's own version of the 2000+ year-old Irish tune 'King of the Fairies', which is widely regarded in Irish music circles as one of the best versions of this tune ever.
In 1999, WAYLANDER realised that they needed to add a second guitarist to the line-up in order to add more power and influences to the band. This was when Peter Boylan, a member of WAYLANDER way back in the pre-demo days was taken on board. In early 2001, WAYLANDER secured a deal with England's Blackend Records (a division of Candlelight/Plastic Head) and a follow-up to the 1998 debut was recorded in No Sweat Productions (the same studio as was used for the 2nd demo!) on the northern coast of Ireland. The music this time around progressed a lot since the first CD, being a more melodic, with an all-round darker atmosphere. The album 'The Light, the Dark and the Endless Knot...' was released through Blackend Records on September 10th 2001.
Irish label Midhir Records re-released the debut album, 'Reawakening Pride Once Lost' in 2006 with two bonus tracks taken from the early demos which sold out very quickly.
Finally a stable core of the band was re-established which led to more Festival shows like Ultima Ratio and Pagan Nights in Germany and Nepherex in Belgium as well as many local shows including 2 slots at Day of Darkness Festival. Work continued on a new album. In 2008 WAYLANDER signed to the reputable French label, Listenable Records and released the long awited 3rd album, 'Honour Amongst Chaos', in July of that year. Reviews were extremely positive which led to a busy schedule of shows throughout Europe, including Hard Rock Hell and Hammerfest in the UK, Cernunnos Festival in Paris, France, Summer Breeze festival in Germany and other German Festivals such as Fimbul and Winternoise as well as a headlining show at the Brintaal celtic festival in Italy. As well as this many shows were played throughout Ireland, the UK and Holland.
A break was called for in 2011 to write a new album but when the chance for a European tour arose for November of that year it was an offer that couldn't be refused so shows were undertaken throughout Germany, Holland and the Czech Republic with one of the highlights being the Black Trolls Winterfest. The recording of the 'Kindred Spirits ' album commenced in late 2011 but again the lure of a lucrative show reared it's head and in March Waylander played on the main stage at Hammerfest 4 in Wales, UK. Upon return the album was finished in Stone Circle studios. And was officially released in July 2012 and is garnering great reviews across various Metal communities around the world.